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  • Multilateralism Comes to the Courts [Long, but Important]

    03/27/2004 10:04:25 PM PST · by MegaSilver · 4 replies · 1,080+ views
    The Public Interest ^ | Winter 2004 | Ken I. Kersch
    The rulings of the Supreme Court in last spring’s landmark affirmative-action and gayrights cases were less surprising than the reasoning used by some of the Court’s justices. In resolving constitutional questions, the Court routinely relies on arguments appealing to the constitutional text and government structure, to precedent and prudence. In Grutter v. Bollinger, however, which upheld the use of racial preferences in law school admissions, and in Lawrence v. Texas, which struck down Texas’s prohibition on same-sex sodomy, the Court drew an additional arrow from its quiver. Several justices chose to assess the constitutionality of purely domestic civil-rights and civil...
  • Danger from Foreign Legal Precedent

    03/25/2004 6:37:01 AM PST · by DoctorMichael · 11 replies · 215+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 3/25/03 | Times Editors
    <p>Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor drew national attention to a developing judicial trend in October when she addressed the Southern Center for International Studies in Atlanta: "I suspect that over time we will rely increasingly, or take notice at least increasingly, on international and foreign courts in examining domestic issues."</p>
  • My Modest Proposal (If homosexual marriage, then why not incest?)

    03/13/2004 9:58:11 AM PST · by quidnunc · 72 replies · 285+ views
    The Toronto Sun ^ | March 13, 2003 | Michael Coren
    Gay couples all across North America are getting married. What a great symbol of tolerance. In the name of that same tolerance, however, I believe we should go further and allow brothers and sisters to marry. In other words, incest should be not only allowed but recognized and affirmed by the state. If you're not tolerant of this, quite clearly you should not be tolerated. Those of you who are shocked at first glance should take some time to consider what I'm saying. Remember, there were at one time frightened and reactionary people who objected to marriage between homosexuals. Sometimes...
  • Grandma, Will You Marry Me?

    03/10/2004 1:35:24 PM PST · by jerhad · 54 replies · 555+ views
    Jerhad!com ^ | 3/10/04 | Jeremy Robb
    I love my grandmother very much, and I think it’s time to ask for her hand in marriage. Since I live in San Francisco, I think there’s a pretty good chance we can get the license approved. If banning same-sex marriage violates California’s equal protection clause in the constitution, then certainly banning incest marriage also violates that equal protection clause. I know, most of you out there are saying ''dude, that’s pretty freakin’ gross!'' Whatever. That’s really not your concern. How many people think same-sex marriage is gross? That shouldn’t be the measure of whether or not we allow people...
  • Marrying in the Family : Biology Disputes Taboos Surrounding 'Kissing Cousins'

    03/05/2004 12:25:23 PM PST · by ZGuy · 67 replies · 1,248+ views
    ABCNews ^ | 3/5/04 | John Stossel
    Everyone wants to fall in love; it's the stuff of movies, songs and dreams. But what if you fall in love with your cousin? For one couple, romance bloomed among two cousins who met as adults after a 20 year absence. "We ran into each other, at a family reunion," Christie Smith told ABCNEWS. "And we just struck it off." Smith said marrying her cousin Mark brought concerns. "It was very scary, at first. I thought that it was something that was very wrong," said Smith. Einstein Kissed His Cuz Cousins who fall in love have a right to voice...
  • Has Same-Sex Marriage Eliminated The Estate Tax? (How's this scenario....)

    03/01/2004 4:52:12 PM PST · by jigsaw · 75 replies · 864+ views
    Lord Knows | March 1, 2004, A.D. | jigsaw
    Your Mom and Dad have a ton of money, and much of it will be hit with heavy estate taxes when they both pass on. So, let's say your Dad dies, and your Mom has all the money. Now, if marriage is going to be defined as an agreement between consenting adults, simply marry your Mother. She does love you, doesn't she? And you love her! You become her husband. If necessary, she can legally disown you as her son. When she passes on, her estate, which you share as you're married, will go laterally to you, her spouse, rather...
  • Father who married daughter ordered back to prison

    02/27/2004 7:43:58 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 92 replies · 6,697+ views
    Father who married daughter ordered back to prison MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- A 53-year-old man was sent back to prison after a judge decided the man had violated a probation order barring him from cohabitation with his 30-year-old daughter, who is also his former wife. Mobile County Circuit Judge John Lockett ordered Carroll Eugene Ferdinandsen to prison on Thursday after determining he violated a probation order barring him from cohabitation with Alice Ferdinandsen. Each had pleaded guilty to incest last summer in connection with their May 2003 civil marriage in Mobile County and served six months in jail before...
  • Order in the Court (Ingraham)

    02/27/2004 7:22:55 AM PST · by Choose Ye This Day · 53 replies · 376+ views
    www.LauraIngraham.com ^ | February 26, 2004 | Laura Ingraham
    Order in the Court! Gasps are coming from the Left-and even from the Libertarian Right-about the President's decision (finally!) to confront our increasingly activist judiciary. This is an attempt to create a "wedge issue" echoed the lemmings in the media. This is another Bush attempt to "divide" the country! Yet any gasps should be directed at the bench, where for decades Americans have seen their views and their traditions systematically trashed. Whether it's the issue of marriage, prayer at football games, or God in the Pledge of Allegiance, we've seen courts from coast to coast venture far beyond proper role...
  • Brother and sister fight to wed (Australia)

    02/20/2004 4:19:44 PM PST · by knak · 84 replies · 330+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 2/20/04
    A WEST Australian couple who are brother and sister by adoption, but unrelated by blood, are battling a federal law that prevents their marrying. Kevin and Deborah Jefferies have been in love for at least 10 years and want to get married. But under the Federal Marriage Act 1961, which prevents brothers and sisters marrying, their relationship is taboo. The couple became siblings on paper when their parents married and Kevin's father adopted Deborah and her sisters. "There's so many people who can get divorced so easily – we can't even get married to start with," Kevin told Channel 7....
  • Bucking the Trend: Courts Resist LAWRENCE

    02/17/2004 10:38:28 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 16 replies · 230+ views
    BreakPoint | 17 Feb 04 | Charles Colson
    Last summer, the Supreme Court, in LAWRENCE V. TEXAS, overturned a Texas statute against sodomy. The majority's sweeping rhetoric prompted concern that the Court's opinion would undermine marriage and virtually every other moral standard. Justice Scalia was outraged in his dissent. Earlier this month, two important decisions concerning homosexuality came down, and surprisingly, the courts found a way around LAWRENCE. It's a reminder of the difference that judges who respect the law, instead of trying to write it, can make. The first case, LIMON V. KANSAS, involved a challenge to Kansas's statutory rape law. The law, which prohibits sex between...
  • The Real Homosexual Lobby

    02/02/2004 6:35:44 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 15 replies · 169+ views
    WND.com ^ | 02-02-04 | Farah, Joseph
    The real homosexual lobby Posted: February 2, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2004 WorldNetDaily.com The Democratic National Committee is counting heavily on a high turnout of homosexual voters to elect its nominee president in 2004. According to the DNC's "Pride at the Polls" campaign, "gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgendered" voters totaled 4.2 million in the 2000 campaign. That number may sound impressive at first glance. But given the fact that more than 105 million Americans voted in that presidential election, we see this special-interest group represents only a tiny 3.9 percent of voters. Add to this that homosexual activists have...
  • Utah polygamy ban is challenged

    01/28/2004 9:02:22 AM PST · by yonif · 19 replies · 459+ views
    KRON 4 ^ | January 28, 2004 | AP
    Salt Lake City-AP -- Last year's Supreme Court decision striking down Texas' ban on sodomy could have legal repercussions in Utah. A civil rights attorney has filed a federal suit, challenging Utah's ban on polygamy. And some legal experts say the case could succeed, because of the high court's ruling in the sodomy case. The Texas case involved two gay men who were arrested after police went into their apartment and found them having sex. The Utah suit involves a married couple and another woman who wanted to enter into a group marriage but were denied a marriage license by...
  • Polygamy laws next to be tossed?

    01/27/2004 9:00:15 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 11 replies · 163+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 1/27/04 | Alexandria Sage
    When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Texas' law against sodomy last year, at least one justice foresaw the likes of Brian Barnard. Justice Antonin Scalia warned that the ruling would unleash a wave of challenges to state laws against ''bigamy, same-sex marriage, adult incest, prostitution, masturbation, adultery, fornication, bestiality, and obscenity.'' Sure enough, Barnard, a civil rights attorney, has brought a lawsuit challenging Utah's ban on polygamy. And some legal experts say the case could have a fighting chance because of the Supreme Court's gay-sex ruling. The federal lawsuit, filed Jan. 12, involves a married couple, identified only as...
  • Utah Challenge to Polygamy Law Cites SCOTUS Ruling on Sodomy

    01/13/2004 4:46:16 PM PST · by Federalist 78 · 13 replies · 174+ views
    AgapePress ^ | January 13, 2004 | Fred Jackson and Jody Brown
    The warnings issued last summer in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling throwing out a Texas sodomy law are now coming true.The high court ruled in Lawrence v. Texas that the state's sodomy law was unconstitutional, arguing the state had no right to curtail the sexual behavior of consenting adults. The case involved two men who were arrested after police entered their apartment and found them engaged in homosexual sex. (See Earlier Article)Many pro-family groups warned that the decision would open the door to legalizing all kinds of other sexual perversions. In fact, one Republican lawmaker -- U.S. Senator...
  • Attorney challenges Utah ban on polygamy, citesTexas sodomy case

    01/13/2004 12:25:03 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 21 replies · 673+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Tuesday, January 13, 2003 | ALEXANDRIA SAGE, AP writer
    Attorney challenges Utah ban on polygamy, citesTexas sodomy case ALEXANDRIA SAGE Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY - A civil rights attorney challenged Utah's ban on polygamy Monday, citing a Supreme Court ruling that struck down a Texas sodomy law. The lawsuit says Salt Lake County clerks refused a marriage license to a couple because the man was already married to another woman, who had consented to the additional marriage. In denying the marriage license, the county violated the plaintiffs' First Amendment right to practice their religion, attorney Brian Barnard said in the complaint. The suit said polygamy is the plaintiffs'...
  • Suit Challenges Constitutionality of Utah Ban on Polygamy

    01/12/2004 2:11:03 PM PST · by mrobison · 318 replies · 2,504+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | January 12, 2004 | Alexandria Sage
    SALT LAKE CITY — A leading civil rights attorney prepared Monday to file a federal lawsuit challenging Utah’s ban on polygamy, citing the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down a Texas sodomy law. The suit says Salt Lake County clerks refused a marriage license to plaintiffs G. Lee Cook, an adult male, and J. Bronson, an adult female, because Cook was already married to D. Cook. That woman had given her consent to the additional marriage. In denying the marriage license, the county violated the plaintiffs’ First Amendment right to practice their religion, attorney Brian Barnard says in...
  • ***FYI*** H. RES. 468 Expressing disapproval IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

    01/09/2004 5:44:16 PM PST · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 29 replies · 229+ views
    http://thomas.loc.gov ^ | November 21, 2003 | 108th CONGRESS Mr. GRAVES
    HRES 468 IH 108th CONGRESS 1st Session H. RES. 468Expressing disapproval of the consideration by Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States of foreign laws and public opinion in their decisions, urging the end of this practice immediately to avoid setting a dangerous precedent, and urging all Justices to base their opinions solely on the merits under the Constitution of the United States. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES November 21, 2003 Mr. GRAVES submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary RESOLUTIONExpressing disapproval of the consideration by Justices of the Supreme Court of...
  • Gays Celebrate Recent Victories: "It was a very gay year" & "Dems go gay"

    01/03/2004 2:45:53 PM PST · by nwrep · 34 replies · 238+ views
    Washington Blade ^ | January 2, 2004 | KEVIN NAFF and KEN SAIN
    Gay news wasn’t just made in the courts in 2003. Apart from the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning sodomy laws and rulings on same-sex marriage in Massachusetts and Canada that brought hard fought victories for gay rights proponents, there was big news out of Hollywood, New Hampshire and on the presidential campaign trail. Five gay guys turned television on its head as “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” became TV’s most talked about show. Rev. V. Gene Robinson was consecrated in New Hampshire as the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, and Democratic presidential candidates campaigned hard for...
  • Supreme Validation of Sodomy, Part II and Failure of the Pro-Family Leadership

    12/11/2003 8:55:39 AM PST · by Happy2BMe · 4 replies · 152+ views
    Supreme Validation of Sodomy, Part IIFailure of the Pro-Family Leadership Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part analysis of the Supreme Court’s Lawrence v. Texas decision, handed down in June. Part one can be found in the August 2003 issue of Family Research Report. §The Lawrence v. Texas decision was hailed by homosexual advocates as a monumental victory for the gay rights movement. And rightly so. As discussed in our last issue of Family Research Report (FRR), the Supreme Court established a fundamental new ‘right’ to sodomy in its ruling. It also did something else at least as...
  • The Postmodern Crackup: From soccer moms to college campuses, signs of the end

    12/10/2003 3:16:24 PM PST · by rhema · 6 replies · 151+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | 12/9/03 | Charles Colson with Anne Morse
    Is postmodernism—the philosophy that claims there is no transcendent truth—on life support? It may be premature to sign the death certificate, but there are signs postmodernism is losing strength: I spoke at my alma mater, Brown University, in June, arguing that without acknowledging moral truth, it's impossible for colleges to teach ethics. I've been saying this since the late 1980s, all over America, and I've yet to be successfully contradicted. Whenever someone claims his alma mater teaches ethics, I ask him to send me the curriculum, which invariably turns out to be pure pragmatism, utilitarianism, or social issues like diversity...
  • I want to marry my dog: Erik Rush on desperate attempts to force secularism on America

    12/09/2003 2:01:33 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 10 replies · 229+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Tuesday, December 9, 2003 | Erik Rush
    I want to marry my dog Posted: December 9, 20031:00 a.m. Eastern © 2003 WorldNetDaily.com I recently came to the conclusion that the left in this country is like the junkie who will look at everything but their addiction as the cause of their misery – but who still wants increasing amounts of dope. The closer we move toward a secularist society, the worse things get – but no one espousing that move will ever admit it. The problem is that, like the junkie, he or she isn't the only one who gets hurt through their folly. The issue of homosexual "marriage"...
  • Utah Man Uses Sodomy Decision To Push For Polygamy

    12/04/2003 2:38:21 PM PST · by Federalist 78 · 8 replies · 436+ views
    Traditional Values Coalition ^ | Rev. Louis P. Sheldon
    Washington, DC - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's prophetic dissent in the Texas sodomy case (Lawrence v. State of Texas) is already being fulfilled barely six months after the ruling that overturned the state laws criminalizing sodomy. In Justice Scalia's brilliant dissent, he warned, "State laws against bigamy, same-sex marriage, adult incest, prostitution, masturbation, adultery, fornication, bestiality, and obscenity are … sustainable only in light of Bowers' validation of laws based upon moral choices. Every single one of these laws is called into question by today's decision." Bowers vs. Hardwick is the 1986 Supreme Court decision that upheld the...
  • Polygamy a new legal right? Supreme Court decision opening sexual Pandora's box

    12/02/2003 10:45:08 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 19 replies · 159+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Wednesday, December 3, 2003 | Joseph Farah
    Polygamy a new legal right? Posted: December 3, 20031:00 a.m. Eastern © 2003 WorldNetDaily.com When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Texas' sodomy law, dissenting Justice Antonin Scalia warned the court and the public where the decision would lead. He predicted that polygamists organizing around the same legal language employed by the homosexual activists would make the case they, too, have civil rights to do what they wish in the privacy of their own homes. It didn't take long for his legal prophecy to be fulfilled. A lawyer for a Utah man with five wives argued this week that his bigamy convictions...
  • Darner Urges Caution in Tinkering With Sex Laws

    12/02/2003 5:19:14 AM PST · by chambley1 · 2 replies · 104+ views
    Arlington, VA Sun Gazette ^ | 12/02/03 | Ryan Self
    Having made it a personal crusade during more than a decade in the General Assembly, Del. Karen Darner says now might not be the best time for the legislature to begin tinkering with Virginia’s rarely enforced but still-on-the-books legislation outlawing certain kinds of consensual sexual activities among adults. Although it is seldom enforced, Virginia’s “crimes against nature” statute (officially, Section F18.2- 361 in the Code of Virginia) goes further than prohibiting homosexual sex, and bans oral and anal sex entirely. Offenses carry a maximum penalty of one to five years in prison. “Most people have no idea that this law...
  • Utah Polygamist Invokes Ruling on Gay Sex

    12/01/2003 5:01:52 PM PST · by Kay Soze · 177 replies · 468+ views
    AP ^ | December 1, 2003 | MARK THIESSEN
    December 1, 2003, 7:38 PM EST SALT LAKE CITY -- A lawyer for a Utah man with five wives argued Monday that his polygamy convictions should be thrown out following a Supreme Court decision decriminalizing gay sex. The nation's high court in June struck down a Texas sodomy law, ruling that what gay men and women do in the privacy of their homes is no business of government. It's no different for polygamists, argued Tom Green's attorney, John Bucher, to the Utah Supreme Court.
  • Supreme Court or World Court?

    11/30/2003 7:01:20 PM PST · by hope · 22 replies · 272+ views
    Supreme Court or World Court?On October 28, the Atlanta-based Southern Center for International Studies presented Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor its World Justice Award. During her acceptance speech, O’Connor expressed concern that the High Court has seldom considered foreign laws when reaching important decisions affecting U.S. jurisprudence. She was gratified to note, however, that a few recent decisions may be signaling a change, as the court increasingly acknowledges legal standards set by the "global community."O’Connor approvingly noted that two important Supreme Court decisions in which she concurred were based in part on foreign laws. A 2002 case, Atkins v....
  • Gay Couples Follow a Trail North Blazed by Slaves and War Resisters

    11/23/2003 10:59:06 AM PST · by putupon · 131 replies · 550+ views
    New York Slimes ^ | November 23, 2003 | CLIFFORD KRAUSS
    Culver Pictures In an 1862 lithograph, a slave is depicted fleeing toward Canada before the Civil War.VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Heaven was the word for Canada and the Negro sang of the hope that his escape on the Underground Railroad would carry him there," the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once noted in describing the codes American slaves used in their spirituals to fool their masters before taking flight. Canada is heaven again for Lance W. Bateman and William E. Woods, two American men who were married here recently. The wedding on Aug. 31 looked like a typical Hawaiian...
  • Legal Group Uses Supreme Court Ruling to Defend Public Solicitation of Sex

    11/06/2003 3:45:19 AM PST · by kattracks · 4 replies · 193+ views
    CNSNEWS.com ^ | 11/06/03 | Lawrence Morahan
    (CNSNews.com) - A legal group opposed to sodomy laws is arguing that a Supreme Court decision overturning a Texas sodomy conviction opens the way for striking down all sodomy laws nationwide. Patricia Logue, legal director of Lambda Legal, said the ruling in Lawrence v. Texas renders unconstitutional a case against a man accused of soliciting sodomy from an undercover police officer in a shopping mall bathroom in Virginia Beach, Va. "If you have a law that says, basically, you can't have sex in a public park in front of other people, that's a different kind of law from a law...
  • Kansas Man Wants Sodomy Conviction Overturned

    10/27/2003 3:44:32 AM PST · by kattracks · 17 replies · 1,146+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | 10/27/03 | Robert B. Bluey
    (CNSNews.com) - The Supreme Court's decision outlawing anti-sodomy laws will face its first constitutional test when a Kansas man asks the state appeals court to free him from a 17-year sentence for having homosexual sex with a minor. Matthew Limon has already spent more than three years in jail for having oral sex with a 14-year-old boy in February 2000 at a school for the developmentally disabled. Limon was 18 years of age and a registered sex offender at the time. The state prosecuted him under a statute criminalizing sex between an adult and a child. The Supreme Court's June...
  • Scalia Ridicules Court's Gay Sex Ruling

    10/24/2003 12:43:43 PM PDT · by Cyrus the Great · 21 replies · 54+ views
    AP ^ | 10/25/03 | AP
    WASHINGTON - Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (news - web sites) ridiculed his court's recent ruling legalizing gay sex, telling an audience of conservative activists Thursday that the ruling ignores the Constitution in favor of a modern, liberal sensibility. The ruling, Scalia said, "held to be a constitutional right what had been a criminal offense at the time of the founding and for nearly 200 years thereafter." Scalia adopted a mocking tone to read from the court's June ruling that struck down state antisodomy laws in Texas and elsewhere. Scalia wrote a bitter dissent in the gay sex case that...
  • Scalia Ridicules Court's Gay Sex Ruling

    WASHINGTON - Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia ridiculed his court's recent ruling legalizing gay sex, telling an audience of conservative activists Thursday that the ruling ignores the Constitution in favor of a modern, liberal sensibility. The ruling, Scalia said, "held to be a constitutional right what had been a criminal offense at the time of the founding and for nearly 200 years thereafter." Scalia adopted a mocking tone to read from the court's June ruling that struck down state antisodomy laws in Texas and elsewhere. Scalia wrote a bitter dissent in the gay sex case that was longer than the...
  • Supreme Court justice cheers 50th anniversary of conservative group

    10/23/2003 6:46:44 PM PDT · by Brian S · 9 replies · 138+ views
    <p>Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia ridiculed his court's recent ruling legalizing gay sex, telling an audience of conservative activists Thursday that the ruling ignores the Constitution in favor of a modern, liberal sensibility.</p> <p>The ruling, Scalia said, "held to be a constitutional right what had been a criminal offense at the time of the founding and for nearly 200 years thereafter."</p>
  • The State of Our Unions (Cancel My Subscription To the Wall Street Journal)

    10/08/2003 6:26:08 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 53 replies · 276+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Wednesday, October 8, 2003 | ANDREW SULLIVAN
    <p>It didn't take long for many social conservatives to ponder the long-term implications of the Supreme Court's recent decision to strike down all antisodomy laws in the U.S. Moves are afoot to advance a constitutional amendment that would bar any state's legalization of same-sex marriage; next week is "Marriage Protection Week," in which the alleged danger of Lawrence v. Texas will be highlighted across the country. This push toward blanket prohibition, however, sidesteps a basic point about the post-Lawrence world. Whatever you feel about the reasoning of the decision, its result is clear: Gay Americans are no longer criminals. And very few conservatives want to keep them that way. The term "gay citizen" is now simply a fact of life.</p>
  • Bush supports traditional marriage definition in issuing Marriage Protection proclamation

    10/06/2003 6:14:45 PM PDT · by truthandlife · 18 replies · 539+ views
    BP News ^ | 10/6/03
    President Bush has proclaimed Oct. 12-18 as Marriage Protection Week, calling the institution's preservation "essential to the continued strength of our society." The president issued the proclamation Oct. 3, one day after a coalition of 25 evangelical Christian and conservative organizations announced a campaign to preserve marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The effort, campaign leaders said, will begin with Marriage Protection Week and will work toward passage of a constitutional amendment to preserve the biblical and traditional definition of the institution. The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and other organizations formed the coalition...
  • Military's Sodomy Ban Challenged

    10/06/2003 2:56:35 PM PDT · by Ex-Dem · 8 replies · 173+ views
    Family News In Focus ^ | October 6, 2003 | Stuart Shepard
    October 6, 2003Military's Sodomy Ban Challengedby Stuart Shepard, correspondent The ACLU hopes to use recent Supreme Court decision to overturn homosexual airman's conviction. The first legal challenge to the military's sodomy ban since the U.S. Supreme Court voided state laws outlawing sodomy is scheduled to be heard Tuesday. The case, brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, involves an airman already convicted under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The appeal will be heard by the military's equivalent of the Supreme Court. "This is an important case, because it is the first opportunity that...
  • When Courts Reinvent Marriage (Gary Bauer)

    10/01/2003 6:48:19 AM PDT · by bedolido · 2 replies · 187+ views
    Washington Post. ^ | 10/01/03 | Gary Bauer
    America suddenly finds itself in the middle of a national debate over the definition of marriage. Many Americans are perplexed by this debate, and understandably so. Marriage in the United States and throughout Western civilization has always meant the union of one man and one woman. Now that truth is under radical attack. But while it is not surprising to see some on the political left embrace a radical new meaning of marriage, what has been surprising and disappointing is the confusion among some on the right who claim that a proposal to preserve marriage through a constitutional amendment violates...
  • Homosexual Inroads

    09/29/2003 2:12:48 PM PDT · by Vindiciae Contra TyrannoSCOTUS · 19 replies · 257+ views
    Touchstone magazine ^ | OCTOBER 2003 | Patrick Henry Reardon, for the editors
    This past June was a bad month for good sex. The Episcopalians got things going. On June 7, the New Hampshire diocese of that body, gathered in convention to choose a new bishop, elected the 56-year-old canon V. Gene Robinson, an avowed homosexual who has cohabited with another man for the past 13 years. The vote was no nail-biter. Robinson won the election by a margin of 96 to 69 among the laity, and a sturdy 58 to 19 among the clergy. Although Robinson is hardly the first active homosexual to be elected a bishop in the Episcopal Church, he...
  • Queer Eye for the Black Guy

    09/27/2003 6:42:19 AM PDT · by paltz · 15 replies · 620+ views
    villagevoice ^ | September 24 - 30, 2003 | Ta-Nehisi Coates
    Perhaps no political party has had a more loyal friend than the Democrats have enjoyed in the post-1970s black community. Just look at the 2000 election, when nine out of 10 African American voters backed the robotic Al Gore, even though he paid them little more than lip service. Their blanket support caused George Bush to set modern lows for a Republican presidential contender; he captured just 8 percent of the black vote—the worst showing since Barry Goldwater. Yet there is an underappreciated fact about black America that anyone armed with a decent survey could see: Black people vote like...
  • Save marriage in court

    09/26/2003 12:44:11 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 1 replies · 66+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, September 26, 2003 | By Richard Lessner
    <p>Proponents of the Federal Marriage Amendment are right: This is a political fight that is worth having. But they are wrong in thinking an amendment to the U.S. Constitution defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman will save the institution from the depredations of the postmodern deconstructionists.</p>
  • Senators Endorse Federal Marriage Amendment

    09/19/2003 12:58:08 PM PDT · by Vindiciae Contra TyrannoSCOTUS · 5 replies · 295+ views
    Focus on the Family ^ | September 18, 2003 | Terry Phillips
    Top lawmakers publicly declare their support for the proposal to codify the legal definition of marriage as a union of one man and one woman.The eons-old understanding of what makes a marriage drew the spotlight Wednesday on Capitol Hill when senators, civil rights leaders and family advocates threw their support behind the Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA).Erik Hotmire, press secretary to Kansas Republican Sam Brownback, one of the senators present at a news conference in support of the FMA, said the message was clear and unequivocal: Marriage "should be defined as between a man and a woman, simply put." "As Senator...
  • Three GOP senators back marriage amendment

    09/17/2003 10:51:56 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 4 replies · 201+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, September 18, 2003 | By Cheryl Wetzstein
    <p>Three Republican senators, flanked by several dozen community, religious and civil rights leaders, voiced their support yesterday for efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution to define marriage as the union between a man and a woman.</p> <p>"I believe it would be eminently appropriate and wise and good if the American people would speak on this subject," said Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican.</p>
  • Kline Concerned about Sodomy Case-laws against sex with children could be nullified (ACLU involved)

    09/15/2003 5:14:14 PM PDT · by chance33_98 · 16 replies · 282+ views
    Kline Concerned about Sodomy Case WIBW, Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline is concerned that if a sodomy case before the courts goes against the state, the Kansas marriage law and laws against sex with children will be nullified. Kline held a news conference on Monday about the case of Matthew Limon, convicted in 2000 of having sex with a 14-year-old boy. That was in a group home for the developmentally disabled. The defendant's attorney, working for the ACLU, argues that Limon's 17-year prison sentence is unfair. The defense says another Kansas sex law provides a lesser penalty if the...
  • How to Reignite the Culture Wars (Has SCOTUS gone TOO Far?)

    09/06/2003 5:18:08 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 20 replies · 715+ views
    New York Times Magazine ^ | 7 September 2003 | JEFFREY ROSEN
    One morning in the middle of July, in front of the federal courthouse in Charlotte, N.C., the Rev. Flip Benham summoned about 50 of his followers to hold the Supreme Court of the United States in contempt of the Court of Jesus Christ. Benham, the head of the militant anti-abortion group Operation Rescue, is not an admirer of the Supreme Court, and after its decision in June in Lawrence v. Texas, which struck down every sodomy law in America, he was especially displeased. On the steps of the courthouse, Benham's followers arranged six coffins, each inscribed with the name of...
  • Outside View: International undercutting [Bobb Barr on the Lawrence v. Texas decision]

    09/06/2003 5:02:35 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 11 replies · 203+ views
    UPI ^ | 9/4/2003 | By Bob Barr
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Regardless of how one comes down on the question of homosexual behavior -- the issue at the core of the Supreme Court's recent Lawrence v. Texas decision -- all Americans who believe in our Constitution, and especially those who support the Second Amendment, ought to be concerned. What, you might ask, does the right to keep and bear arms have to do with a court decision concerning homosexual behavior? Good question. The simple answer is, the decision, particularly language in Justice Anthony Kennedy's majority opinion, could be used to support the use of European...
  • Poll: Texas ain't fond of gays

    09/05/2003 8:37:16 AM PDT · by No Dems 2004 · 21 replies · 1,652+ views
    Seventy percent of Texans believe homosexuality is morally wrong and a majority support amending the U.S. Constitution to ban gay marriage, according to the Scripps Howard Texas Poll. Seventeen percent of Texans don’t think homosexuality is morally wrong and 13 percent don’t know. Opinions on the morality of homosexuality remain virtually unchanged from 1999. "When you talk about morality, the church comes into effect," said Randall Ellis, executive director of the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas. "I think because Texas is in the Bible Belt that is reflected in that response. Churches have taken an anti-gay stance." Issues facing gays...
  • Senate Panel Hears Testimony on Marriage Law

    09/04/2003 10:12:15 AM PDT · by Pan_Yans Wife · 2 replies · 248+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | September 04, 2003 | Susan Jones
    A U.S. Senate subcommittee on Thursday afternoon will hear testimony on whether a constitutional amendment is needed to "defend" the Defense of Marriage Act. That law -- signed by former President Bill Clinton in 1996 -- defines marriage as the legal union between one man and one woman; and it says the states do not have to recognize same-sex "marriages" conducted elsewhere. Some conservative groups insist that the federal law is not enough, especially in light of recent court rulings that advance the homosexual agenda. They say a constitutional amendment is needed to protect the intent of the Defense of...
  • Republicans to force issue of gay 'marriage'

    09/02/2003 10:13:45 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 11 replies · 391+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, September 3, 2003 | By Charles Hurt
    <p>Senate Republicans plan to use a hearing this week to force Democrats to take firm positions on same-sex "marriages," a prospect that could prove particularly dicey for some presidential candidates.</p> <p>Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican and member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, scheduled a hearing tomorrow on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to find out if it has been threatened by recent court rulings.</p>
  • "Sexually Inclusive Christians" Celebrate Victories, Push for More

    08/30/2003 5:48:16 PM PDT · by xzins · 377 replies · 2,463+ views
    "Sexually Inclusive Christians" Celebrate Victories, Push for More Mark Tooley August 22, 2003 When arguing for church acceptance of homosexuality, most advocates talk about monogamy. But others are bolder. “I am a strong ally of those in healthy, polyamorous relationships,” declared Debra Kolodny. She argued that having multiple sexual partners can be “holy.” Kolodyn was leading a workshop at the WOW (Witness Our Welcome) 2003 convention, an ecumenical gathering for “sexually and gender inclusive Christians.” Hundreds of homosexual, bisexual, and heterosexual people gathered under the “queer” banner in Philadelphia August 14-17 to urge religious acceptance of non-traditional sexual behaviors. According...
  • Gays and the GOP

    09/01/2003 11:22:11 AM PDT · by GrandMoM · 47 replies · 670+ views
    NEWS WEEK ^ | July 3, 2001 | Arlene Getz
    Is there room for gays inside the Republicans' Big Tent? Gays and the GOP How a Republican group is trying to make sexual orientation a ‘non-issue’ for the party By Arlene Getz NEWSWEEK WEB EXCLUSIVE July 3 — Gays have always been more likely to vote Democrat. But as the 2004 White House race shifts into gear—and the issue of same-sex marriage becomes a national talking point—a few Republicans are stepping up their efforts to attract homosexuals into the big tent. YET WILL GAY voters ever really feel welcome in a GOP that is backed by a legion of conservative...
  • Sodomy law ruling sparks Va. debate

    08/28/2003 5:44:25 AM PDT · by M 91 u2 K · 5 replies · 576+ views
    THE ROANOKE TIMES ^ | MATT CHITTUM
    Groups question validity of Va. law Sodomy law ruling sparks Va. debate The Texas court decision that overturned laws banning sodomy in private coincides with indictments in Virginia alleging public sodomy. By MATT CHITTUM THE ROANOKE TIMES When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Texas anti-sodomy law in June, its ruling came in the middle of a three-month investigation by Harrisonburg police of alleged public sodomy at a city adult bookstore. Laws banning private sodomy are unconstitutional, legal minds quickly agreed, but the government can still prosecute for sodomy in public. So, three weeks after the ruling, Harrisonburg Commonwealth's Attorney...